Language Link's Volunteer Programme is the ideal way to acquire valuable international work-experience and get a taste of life in Russia. Our International Language Centres in Moscow, St Petersburg, Volgograd and Samara have a limited number of vacancies each semester for volunteers in the fields of Education, Project Management, Administration, Translation and IT. The programme is extremely flexible - entry is possible all year round, and you can determine how many hours per week you wish to commit for, and how long you want to stay (breaks for independent travel are easily arranged). Depending on your interests, talents and experience, you may volunteer as a teaching assistant, student activities organiser, translator, educational consultant, administrator, webmaster, html programmer or project manager (you may also combine two or three of these roles). The wide variety of programme options means that whatever your motivation and interests, there is sure to be something that suits your requirements.
The Volunteer Programme includes home-stay accommodation, plus visa support and registration, so the usually daunting task of travel to this fascinating but oftentimes bureaucratic country is greatly simplified. We will advise and support you as you adapt to the unique Russian culture, and in addition to initial orientation, you will have the chance to attend free Russian language lessons during your stay.
Volunteers organising a forest 'shashlyk' (Russian BBQ) for teachers and students at LL in September 2004.
Nationality - Your participation depends on Language Link's ability to issue you with a visa invitation. We are able to offer visa support to citizens of the UK, the USA, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and most Western European countries. If your nationality doesn't figure in this short list, you may still be eligible for the shorter programmes (6 or 12 weeks). For more precise information, contact us (please indicate Volunteer in the subject title).
Language: Applicants for the Teaching Assistant and Translator/Editor positions must be native speakers of English, French or German. All volunteers must have a good command of English. A basic ability to communicate in Russian is preferable (although not essential) for all positions except Teaching Assistant and for the Translator/Editor and IT roles a minimum of intermediate Russian is required.
Education/Qualifications: The programme is open to anyone who has successfully completed their high school education, although graduates or undergraduates (any major) are preferred. Applicants for the IT positions must have experience or qualifications in their area of specialisation.
Personality: When recruiting volunteers, Language Link looks for confidence, enthusiasm and a committed attitude to work. Applicants should be highly motivated, with the ability to adapt to different cultures and to take the initiative whether working individually or in a team. In most cases, a strong desire to help young learners and adults reach their educational goals is essential.
Age: The Language Link Volunteer Programme is open to the young and the young at heart. Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the start of the programme.
Financial independence: Applicants must be able to support themselves financially throughout their stay in Russia. Applicants for the longer programmes (24 and 36 weeks) may be eligible for a housing stipend; however, this should not be a primary consideration when applying.
If you fit the above profile and are intrigued by the idea of volunteering in Russia, then browse the Programme Overview page to see which programme options best match your talents and interests. For further information you may also contact us (please indicate Volunteer in the subject title).